Deputy Chief Mallory stands with an early photo of the department, dated 1891.
(OCALA, FLORIDA) Deputy Chief Bill Mallory announces his planned retirement from Ocala Fire Rescue, after serving for more than 27 years. His career began as a firefighter, and over the years he has served in every position and was named second in command of the fire department in 2003.
“We were still riding tailboard on the back step of the fire engine when I was hired” he states, reflecting on the many changes that have occurred over the years. One of the many projects Deputy Chief Mallory oversaw was the placement of computers in the fire stations, and more recently computers being placed in fire apparatus. “The changes in technology and equipment have definitely changed for the better” he adds.
Deputy Chief Mallory is grateful for the opportunity to have served the citizens of Ocala and to be a part of the positive changes that have occurred in the fire department. His career has spanned more than one fifth the history of the department, which was established in 1885.
His last day will be on February 26th, 2010.